Aug 16, 2013
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team, under second year head coach Stefanie Golan, began their 2013 campaign with a win as they defeated Green Bay, 3-2, in a preseason exhibition match.
The Golden Gophers took an early lead as freshman Ashley Pafko stepped up and scored an unassisted goal only two minutes after the first whistle. Pafko's goal was shortly followed by a goal by junior captain Katie Thyken off of senior Steph Brandt assisted by freshman Simone Kolander in the 16th minute. Heading into halftime, the Gophers were up 2-0.
The second half turned into a battle as Green Bay came back to score two unanswered goals. Green Bay's Sydney Born scored in the 52nd minute and Justy Linton in the 83rd minute. These goals resulted in a tie game for Minnesota and Green Bay with only minutes left in regulation.
The Maroon & Gold sealed the deal when junior Taylor Wodnick put the ball into the right corner of the net, unassisted, to allow the Gophers to take the lead in the 88th minute. The Gophers were able to hold on and defeat Green Bay with a final score of 3-2.
The Gophers will open the regular season at home on Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. against Toledo as a part of the Gopher Tournament. The tournament kicks off with a game between Belmont and North Dakota State University at 4:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
Gophers To Host Michigan State on Sunday
The University of Minnesota soccer team will be taking on Michigan State to wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m.
Gophers Settle for 2-2 Tie With Michigan
The University of Minnesota soccer team went another 110 minutes in their Big Ten Network game against Michigan, which ended in a 2-2 draw at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
Gophers To Face Wolverines on Big Ten Network
On the BTN for the first time this season, Minnesota (4-2-2, 0-1-0) will host Michigan (4-2-3, 1-1) on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.